Women Rally For Right To Equal Pay

CHICAGO (WBBM) — A few hundred people–mostly women–turned out in Daley Plaza for a noon rally to close the gender pay gap.

It is national Equal Pay Day: Women had to work all last year and until today just to catch up with what men made during 2010.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Steve Miller Reports

“I’m a union carpenter,” said Tamera Guilinger of Elgin. “Out of work. Unemployed. Down here because I believe in pay equity.”

She held a sign that said “Girls Rule” lettered in pink.

She says the day is worth celebrating–rather than just bemoaning the fact that women have to work nearly 16 months to get paid what men make in 12.

“You can sit and cry, and when girls cry on the job site, it’s, ‘Oh, she’s just crying,’ ” Guilinger said. “No. We’re standing up and we’re getting a positive reaction and we’re getting acknowledgment of this.”

Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon and her husband were also at the rally.

  • elie

    I can’t believe women are still not paid equally! that way of thinking is so archaic–come on peeps let’s get with the program!!

  • Karen Madsen

    Only a few hundred women showed up because the rest were WORKING to support themselves and their families! These rallies started in the ’70s. America should be ashamed that the old boy network is alive & well in some workplaces and that in 2011 there remains such a salary disparity in our democracy.

  • southside

    Let’s try that socialism thing, where everybody gets the same goodies that somebody in the government (hopefully smarter than Quinn and Blago, et al) chooses to parcel out to us equally. Get over it people, this is America.

  • Matt

    There is no reason why women don’t get paid what a man get paid for the same amount of work. Women have to pay the same amount in bills, but get paid less. This is insane!

  • Woman lover

    Women might be worth the same as men if they learned to keep their mouth shut. Say your wife is at the front door yapping to be let in and your dog is at the back door yapping to get in, who do you let in. You let the dog in because he will shut up when he gets in.

  • bc

    Woman lover- You might consider hooking up with men… Obviously women and their uncontrollable thoughts are too much for you. go gay!

  • Valley Girl

    So this is why my housekeeper called in sick?

blog comments powered by Disqus
Daily Weather Reports Delivered To You!SIGN UP NOW: Get daily weather reports every morning from meteorologist Steve Baskerville!
CBS Sports Radio RoundupGet your latest sports talk from across the country.

Listen Live